I'm going to be taking the CCM Exam for the first time this Fall, and would like to hear from those who have taken it; i.e. what study materials (if any), did you find useful, and which areas of the test were the hardest? Thanks!:wink2:
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Read, from cover to cover, the Case Manager Handbook.
Know, ADA rules and regulations - especially important are knowing the employers rights and the employees rights. A question I remember from 1999 was about the employee having to have the essential qualifications to be able to perform the job. Another was the number of employees and employer has to have in order to be exempt from ADA rules and regs.
Know of these things and what they stand for (hint - the internet, God bless it, was so helpful for this):
Railroad Workers Act
Black Lung Act (Coal-miners)
HIPAA (there should definitely be a question on this because if it's importance)
Know some of the basic tests that are used to assess a person's intelligence level and job ability (can't think of them off hand).
MEDICARE!!! Be aware of the history and basic rules and regs. There was a question on a 24 year old kidney transplant patient qualifying for medicare. Another one on who would be primary - the spouse under age 62 with private health insurance, or the patient who is on Medicare. Know what it does and does not cover, difference between Part A and Part B.
Medicaid - know who qualifies, what it does and does not cover.
Workers Compensation - how it came about, what it does and does not do. Remember some are state regulated, some are federally regulated. This is where Longshoreman's Act, Railroad workers, ect. comes in to play.
HIV/AIDS considerations in case management.
Rehabilitation - what a program should involve. Remember there are several different types of rehab, KNOW aspects of Vocational Rehabilitation. What test voc rehab counselors use to assess abilities. There were 2 questions on tests I'd never heard of! So, I guessed.
Oxygen! What p02 or O2 Sat must you have for Medicare to approve oxygen? The cost and usage difference between liquid and gas. Considerations you must make when deciding on systems for a patient.
Those are the one's I can think of off the top of my head. I hope some recent test takers post here for you!
I've been reading up on CCM requirements and wondered if anyone could clear up the work experience requirements. I'm confused by the "multiple environments" part. I work as an RN CM in a 300+ bed Medical Center. My primary duties are in acute care, but I also work with patients from the ED and our in house subacute floors( SNF and Rehab). I perform all 6 of the essential activities in each of these settings. Would I be eligible, or do I actually have to find a job outside of the hospital to meet the "multiple environments" requirement?.
Thanks, your posts,
Kory - I'd suggest sending an email to the CCM board and ask that question. It's hard to answer without actually seeing how you address each point, and sometimes what they are looking for isn't interpreted correctly.
I know at one hospital where I did some per diem case management the other case managers applied and were denied. CCM stated they didn't follow the patient through the continuum enough to qualify.
I am new here; have been a case manager (w/c) off and on since 92. I am taking the exam 10/26. I just want to get it over with! Mr co-worker took it in June and said to brush up on Federal laws re: disabilities, and of course on your neuro/ortho anatomy; however, she felt the bulk of it was just common sense.
I am taking it on Oct 26th also. I bought the core curriculum to study . Thanks for the tip, I also heard the legal questions were the killers. I sincerely hope you are right about the common sense, I am new to worker's comp and the I am learning so much about ortho, it is very intersting!
Thanks for the test tips; reading it made me feel very unprepared.
I am so overworked right now, in the middle of reviewing a 1000 page file for an attorney, am getting another one next week that is over 300 pages, plus I have 23 full case management claimants; my boss is giving me 10/24 and 10/25 off to study...
If I think about this too much I will start to panic